August is usually a quiet news month for the personal finance trade press, as most companies tend to hold back during the holiday season from making announcements and releasing new product developments.
So far, however, we’ve already had news of big names changing fund management houses – Bartley and Fender at L&G and Phil Morse going to Fidelity – and all the technical talk around pensions suggests the team will get little respite from the hectic daily schedule we’ve become accustomed to.
That said, not everything which happens in the market is worthy of a full story, so the IFAonline editorial blog is the start of a new commentary section which all of the IFAonline editorial team will regularly contribute to.
It’s designed to provide an insight into the talk around various issues, how events are being interpreted, and generally highlight any snippets of information and gossip which don’t warrant a separate story, but have created an interesting talking point.
The plan is also to provide background as to why we would consider the story important, what has been the main talking point of the day (or week), the feedback we have from readers and why we handle them the way we do.
Some of you may recall my own personal blog from last summer gave a weekly update on my revision for the CII’s CF” investment exam, using the online tools – and which I ultimately failed by that very frustrating 10% margin.
This year, you may find the team commenting on their own attempts to study for CII qualifications, which they will sit in January 2007.
Nyree Stewart, our pension reporter, will be sitting the CF4 pension paper, Emily Perryman, our regulation and protection journalist, is studying the protection CF3 paper while Matthew West, our news editor and mortgage reporter, is planning to sit the CF6 mortgage paper.
I, for one, will be interested in their progress and would welcome any guidance or comments you have to offer them, either by email or on our discussion boards.
The revision books arrived three weeks ago, and I don’t think they’ve yet moved from the positions they all hold on their desks, suggesting no-one has yet started their revision.
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